Smith referenced Newton and the Carolina Panthers in a Sirius XM interview earlier this off-season: “I could absolutely care less on yards per game. I think that is a totally overblown stat because if you’re losing games in the second half, guess what, you’re like the Carolina Panthers and you’re going no-huddle the entire second half. Yeah, Cam Newton threw for a lot of 300-yard games. That’s great. You’re not winning, though.”
In late May, Newton was asked if he wanted to respond to Smith.
“What do you think?” Newton said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.
Jon Beason stood up for his quarterback on twitter though writing:
“Alex smith, don’t hate on Cam Bc your stats would’ve gotten u cut if Peyton decided to come 2 San Fran.Truth b told..That’s after a 13-3 yr”.
Steve Smith has his quarterback’s back too, and he also spoke to how both Smith and Newton handle their business differently.
“Cam’s my quarterback. Alex is from the University of Utah,” Smith, a former Ute, said. “I just smile. . . . I’m learning. You know that old adage, ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?’ I’m not going to say anything at all because I don’t have anything nice to say.”
If I had to pick between these two quarterback, then the choice would be pretty clear; it will be interesting to see which of these teams finishes with the better record next season. Choosing not to respond was definitely the mature route for Newton to take; the only response Newton needs or probably even wants to make should happen on the field.